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03/22/2012 - 12:29pm
Bard on M&M: I'm still a starter

Daniel Bard was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday afternoon. Bard has been expected by many if not most to be the fourth starter for the Red Sox in 2012, but a report on CSNNE.com Wednesday suggested that members of the Sox organization believe that Bard -- who has appeared in 192 major-league games, all in relief - will return to the bullpen and Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront will take the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation. Bard was asked for his thoughts on the report.

"You know, it's hard to even talk about right now, give that my mind is still fully on starting," said Bard. "It's not just a good mindset to be in. If it does come to a case where I need to go back to the bullpen, I accept it for what it is, make the most of it and try and help the team that way. But right now I'm still a starter in my own eyes and let everyone else make their own decisions." 

Bard has walked seven batters and...

03/22/2012 - 12:20pm
Red Sox farm system ranked ninth

In its 2012 organizational rankings of prospect-eligible players (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the big leagues), Baseball America tabbed the Red Sox farm system as the ninth best among the 30 major league teams. That is up from the No. 17 overall rating a year ago.

The publication cited the Sox' potential high-impact position players such as third baseman Will Middlebrooks, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and catcher Blake Swihart in that assessment, though it also noted that the new Collective Bargaining Agreement -- which will attempt to restrict draft spending -- will impact the Sox more than any other club, given that the Sox' $44.1 million investment in draft picks (including many signings that went well beyond the slot recommendations) were the most of any large-revenue club.

As for prospects who might be able to impact the big league club in 2012, the publication cited shortstop Jose Iglesias, catcher Ryan...

03/22/2012 - 6:33am
Mashup: Namath rips Jets over Tebow trade

The Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos Wednesday, but legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath wasn't impressed. In fact, he was bewildered by his former's team's move.

"I'm just sorry that I can't agree with this situation," Namath told ESPN Radio in New York. "I think it's just a publicity stunt. I can't go with it. I think it's wrong. I don't think they know what they're doing over there."

Namath's criticism comes two months after he lamented the fact that his relationship with the Jets has frayed, although he insisted he needs to speak his mind.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


03/22/2012 - 3:28am
Valentine: 'I've never criticized a player'

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine refuted the notion that he had been publicly critical of some of his players this spring. While Valentine has provided a number of frank assessments this spring, as when he commented on the command difficulties of Daniel Bard and the swing of Ryan Sweeney or joked about a recent poor outing by reliever Mark Melancon, the manager said that candor is not to be confused with criticism.

“In the 3,000 games I’ve had pre-  or post-game meetings in, in two languages, I’ve never criticized a player. And I don’t intend to,” Valentine said on Wednesday. "A statement of fact should never be misconstrued as criticism. I don’t think it is, or should be. I don’t have time to deal with intelligence or morality. I can’t deal with those. If ignorant people misinterpret simple statements, it’s not my fault. If factual statements are misconstrued as criticism...

03/21/2012 - 9:02pm
Broncos, Jets finalize Tebow trade

UPDATE: After a day of back and forth, it appears that the Jets have acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos for a fourth and sixth round draft choice. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncos will also send a seventh round selection to the Jets. Tebow became available when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning to a five-year deal Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, the Jets signed Mark Sanchez to a three-year extension, leading to speculation Tebow will be used in a specialist's role, likely running the wildcat offense.

The move apparently doesn't sit well with Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who on Tuesday tweeted: We don't need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight.

Tebow played in 14 games in 2011, completing 46.5 percent of his passes for 1,729 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 72.9. He also rushed 122 times for...

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